August 7, 2007

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan on India in England, 2007

Know your history

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

As talk of Zaheer Khan and jelly-gate slowly dies down, one mustn't forget The Oval circa 1994. Thirteen years ago Devon Malcolm was struck on the helmet while batting against South Africa. His badge came off when he missed a Fanie de Villiers bouncer and, when the South Africans laughed, he shot back: "You guys are history". Enraged, he destroyed them with a spell of 9 for 57 and helped England level the series. India's bowlers beware. Don't anger Anderson, Tremlett or Sidebottom in this Test. Don't become history; create it.

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Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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